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Astros 7, Angels 2: Gattis, McHugh power Astros to win

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It's all about the gnome.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing written here will be more interesting than the story of Chris Sale cutting up all of the White Sox's throwback jersey to prevent the team from wearing them. But a recap must be written.

It was Evan Gattis gnome night at the ballpark. Gattis was originally not in the lineup for the Astros but a last scratch of Jason Castro opened the door for Gattis. Gattis made the most of his chances at the plate. Gattis ripped a three-run home run in the second inning with Carlos Correa and Preston Tucker aboard to get Houston on the board first -- 3-0 over the Angels.

Angels starter Jered Weaver struggled with his command all game, loading the bases with one out in the third inning. Weaver gifted the Astros fourth run of the game has he hit Tucker with a pitch -- forcing home George Springer who had doubled off the left field wall.

The Astros were able to get two more runs off Weaver in the fourth inning. Gattis hit his second home run of the game to lead off -- it was Gattis' sixth career multi-home run game.

Jake Marisnick picked up a double on a fly ball to right that dropped between three Angels defenders and scored on a Springer single -- Springer was thrown out at second attempting to stretch the hit into a double.

The Angels would get on the board in the fifth inning with a solo home run from Ji-Man Choi and an RBI single from Andrelton Simmons in the sixth inning.

The Astros could get a run back in the sixth with a solo home run from Carlos Correa.

The Astros bullpen took over from there. Pat Neshek had a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Ken Giles struck out Mike Trout on a check swing and struck Albert Pujols swinging to end the eighth inning.

Michael Feliz closed out the game with a 1-2-3 inning.

Collin McHugh pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings while striking out six.